Hijab Barbie And Social Coercion

This week, Mattel introduced a new Barbie doll, modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad – the first member of Team USA to compete in a hijab. The toy, which hits store shelves next year, is part of a “Sheroes” line that also pays tribute to gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas, writer/director Ana Duvernay and other prominent women in the arts.

“I hope that little girls of color across the heartland will be inspired [by her Barbie toy] to embrace what makes them unique,” Muhammad said.

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